Ashling Murphy: Second Man Arrested In Murder Investigation
A second man has been arrested amid an investigation into the murder of Ashling Murphy.
Murphy, a 23-year-old schoolteacher, was found dead last Wednesday in County Offaly, Ireland.
As her funeral was taking place yesterday, January 18, police arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder and began examining two cars in connection to the man.
Police have now detained the second man, also in his 30s, and he is set to be questioned in relation to the potential withholding of information.
He was arrested in the eastern part of Ireland, according to Sky News, after Irish police said on Monday that ‘significant progress’ was being made in the investigation.
Per The Independent, they asked people to come forward if they had any information about a man dressed in a black tracksuit top with no hood, black tracksuit bottoms with a large white stripe or white writing on the side, and black trainers.
Murphy had been jogging along the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore at around 4pm when she was found with serious injuries. She was given medical attention, but could not be saved.
News of her death prompted thousands of people to attend vigils across the UK and Ireland, while her loved ones remembered her as a talented and inspirational young woman.
Murphy’s father, Raymond, has described his daughter as a ‘little angel’ to the Irish Independent, adding, ‘She was a great worker, with great drive. A marvellous musician. She crammed so much into her short life.’
Ryan Casey, Murphy’s 23-year-old boyfriend, also paid tribute to Murphy as he described her as ‘so much more… than a girlfriend’.
Per BBC News, he commented, ‘ She was my soul mate. She is my soul mate. She will always be my soul mate. She is the greatest love of my life. I will cherish the last five years we spent together for my entire life and hope that some day, god willing, we can be reunited once more. Goodbye for now and love forever darling.’
Prior to his arrest, the suspect who was taken into custody yesterday was being treated at a hospital in Dublin for unexplained injuries, some of which were reportedly self-inflicted. The man arrived at the hospital on Thursday, the day after Murphy was discovered.
Irish police have said the man arrested yesterday is still being questioned at Tullamore Garda station.
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